Movies and Videos On Demand For The Week Of August 25, 2023

Bank of Dave – Releasing in Theaters and Streaming
Rotten Tomatoes Reviewer Score – 86%

While his town was suffering Dave Fishwick, played by Rory Kinnear, was able to make a successful life for himself. He decides to give back, offering loans to people and businesses in his small town. However, when they recover, they start hoping he can help them invest their newfound money. This raises the idea in Dave to open a small-time bank for his town, but England’s banking system is not interested in granting a new license for a bank. Now Dave has to find a way to break through the elites and become a brand-new institution!

This looks like a light hearted movie about little local hero makes good and tries to stand up for the little guys even more! I really like Kinnear in his work for James Bond, and his time as Frankenstein’s monster for Penny Dreadful. Looks like a pretty interesting film to pick up!

Bottoms – Releasing in Limited Theaters
Rotten Tomatoes Reviewer Score – 98%

PJ, played by Rachel Sennott, and Jose, played by Ayo Edebiri, decide that they want to lose their virginities, but they want to do it to cheerleaders. However those types of girls really only go out for the people on the sport teams. So the duo come up with an idea to form their very own sport program, a fight club. However, when the club becomes to popular, the friends decide they need to get out of this situation before the club is discovered, and their futures are jeopardized.

Ayo is great, she did a wonderful job taking over as Missy in Big Mouth, and this film seems like a very open minded pro-LGBTQ+ movie without feeling like a story that others it’s members. It definitely is raunchy, as most high school themed movies about losing virginity is, but it does so through a unique, but usually unrepresented viewpoint.

The Hill – Releasing in Theaters
Rotten Tomatoes Reviewer Score – (None Available Yet)

When leg-braced Rickey, played by Colin Ford, shows an extraordinary ability for swinging the bat, his father, a pastor and played by Dennis Quaid, tries to convince him to not play. While it’s a dream for Rickey, his father is worried the sport will further impact Rickey’s degenerative spinal disease. As Rickey pushes forward with his hopes, it devides his family.

This is definitely a heartfelt movie about dreams, where you can understand the concerns and dreams of both parties. It feels a little like Baseball’s version of Rudy to a degree. If you are looking for a sport drama for the whole family, then this PG film might just be it for the week!

Retribution – Releasing in Theaters
Rotten Tomatoes Reviewer Score – (None Available Yet)

Matt Turner, played by Liam Neeson, was giving his children a ride when a mysterious caller informs him that there is a bomb under his seat and if he doesn’t do exactly what he says, he will activate it killing him and his children. What follows is a game of cat and mouse as Matt is forced to do horrible things to save his family.

Action as only Neeson can deliver. This movie will take you for a ride while slowly revealing also why Turner might have found himself in this situation. I’m glad that the trailer is so interesting, but I also worry it might have given away some of the best parts. However, if you are looking for a thriller this week, this is it!

Scrapper – Releasing in Limited Theaters
Rotten Tomatoes Reviewer Score – 93%

Georgie, played by Lola Campbell, is dealing with the death of her mother in an interesting way. While under age, she keeps her independence by dodging social services, stealing bikes to pay for food, and her wits. However, when her estranged father, played by Harris Dickinson, returns to take care of her, he forces her to return to the real world. However, the real world is still a lot for the two who don’t exactly know how to merge their lives.

This is a very interesting film that has gotten a lot of positive reviews as it toured Sundance. The story is a comedy but with a ton of drama included. If you are looking for something lighthearted, this might just miss the mark, but if you don’t mind a couple heavy notes, this would be worth watching!

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